Posts Tagged ‘Work’

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You Can Shoot Me Down

February 15, 2013

When you ask a person to lead, supervise or manage, you are actually asking a lot from that person.

I don’t think most people realize that when someone becomes a supervisor or a leader of sorts, that person is not getting a “promotion” or a higher status symbol. On the contrary, that person is asked to give more of himself, to think of everybody when everybody else only need to think about their own. When a higher-up screws up, everybody else screws up. If only one person screws up, the higher-up is still the one that’s screwed.

A supervisor has to forego his own satisfaction to make sure that his subordinates are the ones who are satisfied. If he has a subordinate who’s difficult to work with, the supervisor has to be the one to stretch his patience and understand. If a team member is on the wrong, it is still up to the supervisor to apologize and make sure the team member feels valued all the time.

And what do supervisors get in return? Aside from a bigger paycheck, pretty much nothing at all. There’s really no price for self sacrifice, after all. If people depend on you, you have to be there for them at all times, even when they don’t want you to be. You have to be around at all times of the day for them to reach. You work longer because you have to act as a patch for all the holes left by your team. You have to be fair to everyone, even to the ones who are the least likeable. Being

Now you see, being a higher-up is not really a priviledge or an honor. It is a sacrifice that you ask a person to make. The only honor there is the fact that no one really asks a person to make a sacrifice if people felt like that person wasn’t complete enough to give of himself.

Anyway, being in he supervisory position has taught me alot about myself and my capabilities. Most of the time, I am full of complaints. However, I am also thankful I got to be where I am because these experiences have helped me in so many ways that I could no longer imagine how I’ve managed myself before.

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Burning Weekends

January 7, 2013

I know I’ve said I don’t believe in resolutions and don’t make any, so I am not calling this a resolution. This next thing I’m blogging about is more like something I’d want to try this year.

For 2013, I will try to do my best to make sure that my weekends remain “Weekends” and not extensions of “weekdays” and unfinished work that I leave off to finish during my free hours.

Last year, I sacrificed a lot of weekends by spending too much time working.

I mean, working for a couple of hours on a Saturday or a Sunday is fine. You know, as one of the leaders, I have to be available MOST of the time, to make sure my team is working as expected, to be ready for unexpected issues, and to clean up anything that needs to be cleaned up. This means that popping in, checking a few emails and making a couple of touch-bases and updates every once in a while over the weekend is perfectly normal. However, waking up in the morning and staying online and working all day or staying up until 4am on a Sunday night is definitely a big no-no. Not unless I actually own the company, which I’m pretty sure even the company CEO enjoys a great weekend. Being a workaholic on Saturday or Sunday will be crossed off my list of to-do things. Definitely crossed off. With a marker. In bold letters and bright red X mark.

Ironically, I am, as of this moment, still awake because I am at work. I am laughing at myself now, to write about keeping off of work but actually be working while writing. Anyway, I have to log off and say goodbye to the cyber world. It is time to work on this goal.

Hopefully, the Lord helps me work on this goal. Hello, great 2013 weekends. Let’s have some good times together.

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Blind Curves

September 17, 2012

I’ve always been the kind of person with no definite life plan.

When I was younger, I’ve always wanted to become a doctor. When I grew up, I realized I could never stand the sight of other people’s blood. How was I possibly going to attend to the sick?

When I entered college, I was dead sure I’d be enrolling for a bachelor’s degree in accountancy. However, I ended up pursuing Sociology-Anthropology. I spent the next seven years professionally working in the BPO industry, I loved those years. In all my life, I have never learned so much and absorbed so much than when I was in the corporate world. There may have been days when I questioned my decision to stay, but, in general, I was happy.

However, Fate had many other plans for me. I was given an opportunity to leave the corporate life and start a quieter work environment by working from home full-time. I took a chance, and I am so thankful to God that the risk paid off.

The past three months, hell, the past year has never been what I would have expected. For someone who doesn’t really plan on how my life should be, what I am going through now is still beyond my wildest imagination. Never would I have thought I’d be spending a 26-hour workday at home.
Surprise

I am happy. I mean, what person would not love being able to work from home and still earn something decent? I don’t see far into the future, but I can honestly say that where my life is going now is absolutely the greatest surprise I have even received.

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Gap

September 22, 2011

Every now and then, I come to this blog to write something. Along with that, I keep hoping I’d once again find the passion and the commitment to keep this blog updated and start writing poetry again. The passion is there. Definitely. However, I can’t seem to commit anymore.

I love this blog. I writing. I love reading other blogs that I have come across in my WP journey. It’s just that my life is at a point where I can barely juggle my job, my family, and my personal “ME” time. Also, there’s not much to tell about my life these days. I stay at home and work all day. Get 4-6 hours of sleep during weekdays and make up for all the lost hours on weekends. Every Saturday, J and I would go out for dinner. Some Sundays, I also take my mom out to lunch or dinner (depending on what she likes). Some weekends, we feel like celebrating and we either go out with friends or ask them to come over. Most weekends, though, I am just too tired to mingle.

The only trip that’s definitely worth looking forward to is my trip to CDO on January. That’s still a very long time away. Also, I look forward to this year’s Christmas because I might have better reasons to celebrate. Between now and January, J and I might go on a random trip, but that’s not at all discussed yet. Other than the things I mentioned, there’s really nothing else. I don’t even have time to philosophize anymore. There’s nothing wrong with the way things are right now. In fact, every thing is just —————————- in place.

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August 23, 2011

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So You Think You Can Work From Home?

June 2, 2011

Whoever wants to earn money while staying at home should try this.

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March 17, 2011

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